Twisted Forest


The forest is, in my opinion, a twisted place. Continue reading “Twisted Forest”

Still Water and Waterfalls


Here are a few of my favorite photos involving flowing water and waterfalls. Enjoy! Continue reading “Still Water and Waterfalls”

My Place in the World


I used to tell people I’m from a small town because that was how I felt when I lived there. It turned out that small town has more people than the State I’m residing now. Now who’s from a small town?  Continue reading “My Place in the World”

Coconut Cupcakes


At the start of the week, my mom told me one of her co-workers was having a baby shower in the office and everyone was bringing treats. Since I’m at home, she had put me in charge of making treats. Continue reading “Coconut Cupcakes”

Bryce Canyon: Out of This World


After begging my mom for years to take me to Bryce Canyon, I finally got to go in January 2018. My aunt and mom went during summer of 2017 and my mom described Bryce Canyon as a magical place. Continue reading “Bryce Canyon: Out of This World”

WPC: A Face in the Crowd


My photos rarely contain people unless I don’t have any choice. Continue reading “WPC: A Face in the Crowd”

Super Soft (and Sweet) Milk Buns


Ever since I came back from China, I couldn’t stop thinking about all that delicious food and wishing I can have more of it. Continue reading “Super Soft (and Sweet) Milk Buns”

Weathered


Weathered Sign
Weathered structure
Stained-glass windows with a weathered frame

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Growth


I haven’t seen much growth in these parts yet, it’s still freezing and snowing. Therefore, I’ll just have to use some of my old pictures for this challenge.

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2017 Reflection Part 2


For Part 1, click here!

One of the best and worst thing that happened in 2017 was when I got a job. The best parts were I got a job and I finally have a decent stable income. The worst part was the misery. I got minimal holidays and no vacation. Even when I had to take an hour from work to go to the doctor, I had to convince Miss HR to let me go like a child begging his/her parents for candy.

Now that I’ve thought about it, I got bullied by pretty much everyone in that office. No one trusted me in anything. Everyone stood against me. I don’t know how I survived this long.

I was so glad when I told Miss HR I quit on Friday. I had a feeling she’d been waiting for those words for a long time because the word about my resignation spread quicker than wildfire and fifteen minutes, Mr. CEO was on phone commanding me not to quit.

Anyway, back to pictures.

Although my weekdays are stuck behind a cubicle, my weekends were wide open. For the first time without the need to do homework or study for exams, I was having the problem of coming up with something to do on weekends. The first few weekends in June, I went hiking with my aunt. I tried out different trails but would often come home super tired. So I quit hiking for 2017. Hopefully now I’ve lost a few pounds, I can hike again in 2018. Here are my favorite hiking photos.

After I quit hiking due to both exhaustion and hot weather, my mom decided that I needed to get out of the house. So together with my aunt, we went to the Dinosaur National Monument in Vernal, Utah and Golden Spike National Historic Site in Corrine, Utah. I didn’t take a lot of photos from those places since most of those trips involved driving rather than walking.

In August, after planning the trip for a week, I decided to take my aunt to Mirror Lake, a stunning site about a hundred miles from my home. I decided that I needed to take some time and soak in nature and stay cool.

The elevation of Mirror Lake is approximately 9000 feet above sea level which meant a significant temperature difference and it felt so nice to get away from the heat while getting wonderful exercises walking around the lake while photographing its stunning natural beauty.

I didn’t travel much after that.

In September, I attended an event at the Aerospace Museum to honor the anniversary of the air force. I’ve been to this museum many times but none of those visits had bands and cakes.

I want to thank my mom’s classmate for visiting us this year because otherwise, I would not have gotten to travel during Thanksgiving. Even though these are places I’ve been multiple times, there’s always new scenery to be photographed.

Last but not least, I call this my miscellaneous photo collection. These are my favorite photos taken from home.

Before I end this post, I want to say that I am looking forward to 2018 starting with a trip to China mid-January. I am looking forward to seeing my grandma in China.

In 2018, I am also looking forward to hunting for a new job – one without an egotistical COO and mean employees and one that speaks English. I am looking forward to hunting for a new job where I get benefits like medical insurance so I can quit paying over $100 each month for health insurance.

Lastly, in 2018, I am looking forward to toning my body now that I’m finally back to my normal weight range. I am looking forward to becoming lean and gaining muscles in my arms and legs while continuing to shed the pounds slowly.

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2017 Reflection Part 1


As I look back on the posts I’ve written in 2017, I realized I never made a New Year resolution for 2017 Continue reading “2017 Reflection Part 1”

A 2017 Photo Rewind: Ascend


As the end of 2017 draws nearer, I will take a moment to do a photo rewind starting with this week’s topic of Ascend. Hope you like it.

This was one of the most memorable moment in 2017 – riding the world’s longest passenger cable car (or so it claims) up to Tianmen Mountain in Hunan, China. The ride took around 30 minutes and by the time I got off, I was so relieved because I no longer have to hold in my vomit.

One day, after having tea with my grandma, I decided to ascend these stairs to the park for some exercise. I really needed it and I was completely out of breath by the time I arrived at the top.

This was the last leg of one of my favorite trails – The Valley of Five Lakes. I hiked this trail during my road trip to Canada back in May. It was so beautiful. We, my aunt and I, used an alternative path to find our way back to the parking lot. As we were about a mile from the parking lot, we encountered this steep hill. I didn’t want to go up. It was simply too steep, so steep that it felt like I might roll backwards if I hiked this but I didn’t. Eventually, one step at a time, I ascended this difficult hill.

Finally, hiking has its rewards. This was the view of the city three hours later after ascending a rocky and slippery not clearly marked trail.

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Serenity


As a person dealing with constant anxiety at work, home, life, I look for every opportunity to be in a serene environment even if it’s just for a moment. Continue reading “Serenity”

Transformation through the Seasons


Yesterday, I went to Antelope Island again! Continue reading “Transformation through the Seasons”

Experimental Photography


Ever since my aunt gave me her expensive camera with tons of bells and whistles, I’ve been experimenting with the camera functions. I’m not taking many pictures these days but when I was on my road trip in May, I was experimenting. Here are some of my experimental shots.

f/22, 16 mm, ISO-100, 1/20 sec

I took this picture at Marble Canyon using the camera’s manual mode. I tried 1 second long exposure but it made everything white-ish and bright. So I just had to go with 1/20 second.

f/22, 16 mm, ISO-100, 1 sec

I think I like this long-exposure photo better.

f/9, 39 mm, ISO-100, 1/200 sec

I also experimented with panoramic photography and discover sunshine, wind, and movement do not make a great panorama. In the above picture, if one looks closely, you’ll see straight lines going up and down near the bottom of the picture. Those lines were caused by one of those three things.

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Seasons are Temporary


In my opinion, just about everything is temporary. Continue reading “Seasons are Temporary”

Peek


This was not an easy topic. It took me browsing almost my entire library to come up with these. So I hope you like them. Continue reading “Peek”

Around the Corner


Since my mom is leaving on a business trip, I’m going to spend the day to help her pack. Please enjoy my selection for this week’s photo challenge and I will catch up when I have time.

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Glow


I love taking pictures of sunrises and sunsets because sunrises and sunsets signify the beginning and end of the day and I think those two things fit this week’s photo challenge. Therefore, I hope you enjoy my selection. Continue reading “Glow”

Scale


Here is my take on the topic of Scale. I hope you enjoy my selection. Continue reading “Scale”

Pedestrian


In China, pedestrians are almost impossible to avoid. Continue reading “Pedestrian”

Views out of an Airplane


When I saw this week’s challenge, my mind immediately went blank. Windows? What kind of topic is that? Continue reading “Views out of an Airplane”

Autumn Colors


I spent my Sunday afternoon at the house of my former student’s parents. Continue reading “Autumn Colors”